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A spring in our step! 


Spring is a time for new beginnings, and ARCSHS is preparing for our own fresh new start as we get ready to move later this year from our home of many years in Melbourne’s CBD out to the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University. We’re taking this opportunity to refresh other aspects of the ARCSHS appearance, so stay tuned for some exciting updates later this year.

As I’m sure you are all aware, the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will take place in the coming months. This survey will seek the views of all eligible Australians on changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry, and participation is open to all registered voters. Make sure that you have your say in this important survey.

Rainbow Network can offer support and guidance during this time and we have profiled this important work in our Resource Feature section below.

Also see our Upcoming Events section for information on the 3rd National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Conference. With an impressive line-up of guest speakers and a fantastic program soon to be released, this year’s conference promises to be an informative and entertaining event.

As always, thank you for your contribution to - and interest in - our work.
I hope you enjoy reading about it.

Warm regards,
Professor Jayne Lucke
Director, ARCSHS 


Research Feature 
Rainbow Ageing: 

A National Survey of the Health and Well-Being of Older LGBTI Australians

Rainbow Ageing is a newly launched project from ARCSHS. It is one of the first studies that specifically examines the lives of older LGBTI Australians, including health, well-being, a range of life experiences, and use of health and support services.

The Australian population is rapidly ageing, with more than 3.2 million Australians now aged 65 years and older, of whom an estimated 300,000 are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex. Research that specifically focuses on the health of older LGBTI Australians has been lacking, but is much-needed. Rainbow Ageing aims to build the evidence base on the health and well-being of older LGBTI Australians and utilise this information to stimulate and guide reforms to support policy and practice initiatives by health and aged care organisations to improve services and to promote healthier ageing for those who identify as LGBTI.

Want to get involved?
Click through this link and fill in the survey.

Resource Feature 

Rainbow Network builds the capacity of anyone who works with young people to provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians. Rainbow Network provides professional development and resources as well as opportunities for members to exchange ideas, information and resources; keep up to date about the latest research and events and build partnerships.

In the lead up to the postal survey on marriage equality we are already steeped in media and public debate including much negative commentary about LGBTIQ lives, identities, families, and rights. The evidence clearly links such negativity to harmful mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ young people.

During this time more than ever, we are reminded of why we need safe spaces, inclusive and welcoming services and clear and accessible referral pathways for all LGBTIQ young people.

On the Rainbow Network website you can find links to all the social and support groups for young LGBTIQ people across Victoria, you can access resources about good practice when working with same sex attracted, trans and gender diverse or intersex people and you can find out about professional development for building your capacity to create safe, welcoming and inclusive services for young LGBTIQ Victorians.

Check it out.

Program Feature 
Blood Borne Virus Sector Development

The BBV Sector Development Program works to support and strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce as it meets the challenges of elimination targets, new prevention technologies and the scaling up of testing and treatment.

BBV News e-bulletin
The BBV News is a monthly e-bulletin which contains a round up of the latest HIV and hepatitis related news, research and resources, as well as details of upcoming events.  We are currently evaluating the BBV News, and so far 10% of the 960 subscribers have responded.  The responses so far strongly suggest that our readers find the resource to be a very useful summary of new information and upcoming events, and plays an important role in keeping up to date in a rapidly changing environment.  To subscribe to the bulletin, click here.  If you already subscribe, we would love it if you could spend 2 minutes filling out this survey.

Short courses in HIV and hepatitis C pre and post test discussion
For two decades the BBV Program has been delivering high quality training in pre and post test discussion. In 2017, our courses are now shorter and are tailored to specific testing settings.  We have three short courses on offer this year: midwifery, community health and infection prevention.  Our short courses equip participants with all of the information and skills required to conduct pre and post test discussion. We will be developing more courses in 2018. To find out more about these courses, follow this

Communities of Practice
The BBV Sector Development Program is currently facilitating a number of Communities of Practices (CoP). These are open to any workers who are interested in participating in a shared learning network, and are useful for both new and experienced BBV workers.

The BBV Workforce Network meets twice a year for half a day and provides a space for people working in HIV and hepatitis related roles to share strategies, collaborative solutions and timely information about emerging issues.  The next meeting will be held in November and the feature topic will be BBVs and Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs.

The Hepatitis C Cure Community of Practice formed this year out of a need for people working with communities affected by hepatitis C to share ideas and service models aimed at increasing rates of testing and improving access to treatment. This learning network is particularly focused on ways of enhancing and developing sustainable community based access to the new hepatitis C direct acting antivirals (DAAs).

The HIV Intersections Community of Practice will be starting up in late 2017, and will invite practitioners from across the HIV partnership to focus on issues related to HIV prevention and support among people and communities experiencing multiple layers of marginalisation.  

NEW Podcast: BBV Junction (name is subject to change!)
This summer, we will be launching a BBV Podcast. We will be convening an advisory group in October. Further details will be available in the next edition of the ARCSHS Newsletter.  In the meantime, if you are keen to join this collaborative project, please get in touch.
For more info about any of the above, please email Jen Johnson or Emily Lenton 

We now also tweet! @bbvprogram_ltu  



GLHV was proud to support a successful public season of My Other Closet, the Cabaret. One part entertainment, one part education and awareness campaign, this production gave powerful and moving insights into the causes of domestic violence and how to end it. 

Opening night was a glittering affair, bringing together project partners Victorian Aids Council, GLHV@ARCSHS, Transgender Victoria,  Drummond Street Services – Queerspace, and Switchboard, and opened by Ro Allen, Victoria’s Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality.  

ARCSHS’ Matt Parsons, the director and producer of the show, was thrilled with the fantastic turnouts throughout the season, as it meant that many more people are better educated on the little-known reality of violence in same sex and gender diverse (LGBT) relationships.

You can read more about the story behind the performance here, and here, and stay tuned for more opportunities to see this truly unique show.

Russ Vickery, Kaye Bradshaw, Ro Allen & Matthew Parsons; Adam Bourne, Liam Leonard, Simon Ruth

Director of GLHV Liam Leonard recently gave a well-received presentation at the Victorian Government Forum on LGBTI Inclusion in Faith Communities titled OUT in the CALD: LGBTI wellbeing and the limits of religious tolerance.

Congratulations to ARCSHS's PhD candidate Pauline Ezer for winning First Place and people's choice in the 3 Minute Thesis competition at La Trobe’ s School of Psychology & Public Health. Her topic was Sex Education in Australia.

Congratulations to Dr Andrea Waling who won Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, for her paper (with Dr James Roffee) ‘Rethinking Microaggressions against LGBTIQ+ Youth’ in Safer Communities.

Associate Professor Adam Bourne recently co-authored a position paper with the MSM Global Forum and Outright International that was published and disseminated at the United Nations’  High Level Political Forum in New York.  The paper discusses how Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages, is relevant to the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The report can be found here, and you can read more here.

Upcoming Events

ARCSHS 25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: "Reproduction and Social Order" 

Prof. Catherine Waldby, 
Director of Research School of
Social Sciences, Australian National University and Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science and Medicine at King's College London
Professor Catherin Waldby's research focuses on social studies of biomedicine and the life sciences. Her recent books include The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science: Regenerative Medicine in Transition, (with Herbert Gottweis and Brian Salter, Palgrave 2009) and Clinical Labour: Tissue donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy (with Melinda Cooper, Duke University Press 2014). With Nikolas Rose and Ilina Singh, she is the editor of BioSocieties: an interdisciplinary journal for the social studies of life sciences. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a member of the History and Philosophy committee of the Academy of Science. She has received national and international research grants for her work on stem cells, blood donation and biobanking

She explains this lecture with the following; "From Frankenstein and Brave New World to The Handmaid’s Tale and Orphan Black, reproduction often figures as the means to imagine a dystopian social order. The organisation of conception, gestation, birth, or the possibility of life created through technique rather than ‘proper’ biology, are located at the centre of oppressive regimes or the nightmarish experience of creatures manufactured in a laboratory. In this lecture I will use some of these texts, as well as historical and contemporary social practices around reproduction, to consider how we can better understand the relationship between reproduction as a biological and social capacity and the ways power relations more broadly are articulated. In particular I will consider the ways the ordering of reproduction was central to the working of the 20th century welfare state and national economy, and is central to contemporary geopolitics."

Date: Thursday 21st September 2017, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000
Cost: Free - but booking is essential (with nibbles & drinks provided)
More details: you can find out more details, and book


The 3rd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference

It's About Time: Rethinking LGBTI Ageing in Australia

Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care are currently putting together a fantastic program with an illustrious line-up of keynote and invited speakers including Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, Noel C Tovey AM, and Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen; the program is shaping up to be something not to be missed.

You can register and find out more details here.

 Our People

Co-ordinator Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care, Research Officer GLHV: Pauline Crameri

Pauline Crameri is the coordinator of Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, a program of GLHV at ARCSHS. Val’s works to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people. Val’s works directly with service providers and facilitates a network to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people, and how these may impact their access to support services and care as they age.


Pauline has been at ARCSHS for the past 4 years. She previously worked in a range of human services programs over the past 25 years. Pauline came to Val’s with 15 years’ experience in community aged care and aged care planning in local government, including practical experience in LGBTI service development culminating in the achievement of the first Rainbow Tick accreditation for the service.


Pauline is currently enthusiastically preoccupied with the organisation of the 3rd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference, to be held in Melbourne – 5 and 6 October 2017. Having worked on the previous two Val’s conferences, Pauline has seen the growth in interest from aged care, health and support services to participate and become LGBTI aware and inclusive.

Senior Research Fellow: Dr Graham Brown 

Dr Graham Brown is a lead researcher in the ARCSHS blood borne virus and sexually transmissible infections research theme. Originally from WA, Graham joined ARCSHS in 2011 to continue his research with community and peer- led organisations working with gay men, people who use drugs, sex workers, migrant communities, young people, and people living with HIV or hepatitis C. He is project lead of the W3 Project ( – which is applying systems thinking to understanding and enhancing the influence of community and peer led programs in their community and policy systems. Currently this includes working closely with Harm Reduction Victoria and Living Positive Victoria, as well as other work the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

Graham is also project lead on the PozQoL study – in collaboration with the National Association of People with HIV Australia and ViiV Healthcare, which has developed a short validated scale to measure the impact of community and health services on quality of life among people living with HIV. Next year PozQoL in planning to conduct an implementation trial across a range of community, health and clinical services.

Graham will soon be leading a study of organisational networks and partnerships across the Victorian response to HIV and hepatitis C, and how they are adapting to the rapid changes in the prevention and treatment of HCV and HIV. 

in the Media

Our researchers have opinions, and they're out there on the world wide web. Here are a couple of our favourites.

ARCSHS researcher Dr Andrea Waling wrote about the latest trend concerning the non-consensual image-sharing of women "creepshots.
Explainer: What are creepshots, and what can we do about them?

ARCSHS Researcher Beatrice Alba had her article on The Bachelor featured in The Conversation, posing the question:
Is The Bachelor anti-feminist, or is conventional heterosexual romance the real problem? 

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